The Canada Media Fund (CMF) supports the development and pre-development of Canadian content mainly through its Development Program. This program is part of the CMF’s Convergent Stream; thus, projects funded through this program must include content to be developed for distribution on at least two platforms, one of which must be television and the other, digital media. Funding from this program is allocated through broadcaster envelopes while other development support is provided through first-come, first-served programs. Development funds have been earmarked within the Aboriginal and Francophone Minority programs as well.
In 2015-2016, the CMF contributed $10.4M to 292 convergent development projects through development envelopes, a similar amount to the past two years. Development envelopes were fully spent for the third year in a row, and repayments of development advances were reused to assist additional projects (resulting in an over-expenditure of $199K from the original allocation of $10.2M). The average amount of funding committed per project was $36K, stable compared to last year. English-language projects received $7.6M, 67.1% of which was spent on Drama projects and 16.0% on Documentary. French-language projects received $2.8M, of which 58.0% was spent on Drama projects and 21.4% on Documentary projects.
English Regional Pre-development Program
The English Regional Pre-development program was established in response to stakeholders’ proposals to sustain the vitality of regional production by supporting producers in their preparation of documents to present to broadcasters at the early stages of development. A total of 112 projects were funded with $1.2M at an average of $11K per project, on a first-come, first-served basis. British Columbia received the largest portion of funding for the fourth year in a row at 29.5%. The balance of funding was distributed in varying levels from coast to coast to coast.
Quebec French Regional Development Program
A total of $300K in development funding was committed to 8 projects in Quebec outside of Montreal through the Quebec French Regional Development Program, on a first-come, first-served basis.